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Dam fails at Blue Mounds State Park

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The water levels at Blue Mounds Lake in southwest Minnesota are dropping after a dam on the lake failed after the park received 7 in. of rain.

Blue Mounds State Park Manager Chris Ingebretsen says a dyke on Blue Mounds Creek gave way Saturday night, leading to a dam becoming overwhelmed.

Though the dam held, the river carved a channel to the side of it and broke through. Water began flowing freely out of Blue Mounds Lake.

Ingebretsen says the water levels on the lake will fall significantly due to the breach. The swimming beach at the park is closed until further notice. The campgrounds on the park will remain open, however.

A timeline on when the dam will be repaired has not been set yet.

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